News & Announcements

  • EVAN (Enlightening Views of Autism Now) Pancake Breakfast

    Pancake Breakfast to benefit EVAN
    April 16, 2016
    Delhi Fire Department
    Free will offering/Takeouts available

    They will serve pancakes, sausage and eggs with real maple syrup! There will also be GF/CF pancakes on request. The children will have a great time playing on the obstacle course and EVAN equipment. Committee members will be available to discuss the benefits of the equipment.

    For more information call 607-434-4664

  • June 11-14, 2016, College of Saint Rose, Albany NY

    UYP is a for-youth-by-youth conference that is modeled after a college experience. Young people ages 18 to 30 may register with a major of Peer Advocacy or Systems Advocacy. UYP is the premiere youth peer leadership conference. Youth Peer Advocates and Change Agents do not want to miss this opportunity to build skills and expand their professional network. This year will feature YP!’s 9th Annual Leaders’ Dinner. Students will have an opportunity to meet with government leaders and discuss what successes and challenges they have identified in systems serving youth and young adults.

    Visit Youth Power's website, for information on scholarships, meet the professors, and tips and tricks for young leaders attending UYP.

  • Delaware Opportunities, Inc, Child Care Resource and Referral is hosting a Lunch & Learn Event:
    Freedom of Movement with presenter Sarah Gould-Houde, Regional Infant & Toddler Specialist.

    May 2, 2016
    Delaware Opportunities
    35430 State Highway 10
    Hamden, NY 13782

    For more information and to register for this free event please contact a Day Care Specialist at 607-746-1620 or by email at

  • Disability Integration Act of 2015

    On Monday, March 21, 2016 the Southern Tier Independence Center held a press conference. Senator Charles Schumer was present to promote the proposed legislation: Disability Integration Act of 2015.

    This bill prohibits states or local governments that provide institutional placements for individuals with disabilities who need long-term assistance with daily living activities or health-related tasks, and prohibits insurance providers that fund such long-term services, from denying community-based services that would enable such individuals, as an alternative to institutionalization, to live in the community and lead an independent life.

    States, local governments, or insurance providers may not discriminate against such individuals in the provision of community-based services by: (1) imposing prohibited eligibility criteria, cost caps, waiting lists, or payment structures; (2) failing to provide a specific community-based service; or (3) requiring an individual to receive a service in a congregate or disability-specific setting.
    Community-based services must be offered to individuals with such disabilities prior to institutionalization. Institutionalized individuals must be notified regularly of community-based alternatives.

    States, local governments, and public insurance providers must assess: (1) transportation barriers that prevent individuals from receiving services in integrated settings, and (2) the availability of integrated employment opportunities.

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must issue regulations requiring states, local governments, or insurance providers to offer community-based long-term services as an alternative to institutional placement. State and local governments, in conjunction with housing agencies, must ensure sufficient availability of affordable, accessible, and integrated housing that is not a disability-specific residential setting or a setting where services are tied to tenancy.

    Such regulations must also require states and local governments to begin implementing a transition plan to achieve the requirements of this Act within 12 years after its enactment. For 10 years after issuance of the regulations, HHS must determine annually whether each state is complying with the transition plan. If a state is complying, HHS must increase by five percentage points the federal medical assistance percentage for a state requesting an increase for expenditures on home and community-based services furnished under the state Medicaid plan under title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act, or a waiver of such plan, that are identified as: (1) improvements to ensure accessibility or self-directed receipt of such services, (2) funding shifts from institutional settings to integrated community-based services, or (3) environmental modifications for housing targeted toward the lowest income individuals.

    The bill provides for DOJ enforcement and allows civil actions by individuals subjected to, or about to be subjected to, a violation of this Act.

    If you have questions or comments regarding the Disability Integration Act of 2015 they can be sent to:

    15 Henry Street Room 100, Binghamton, NY 13901
    Phone:(607) 772-6792

    Leo O'Brien Building, Room 420. Albany, NY 12207
    Phone: (518) 431-4070. Fax: (518) 431-4076

  • Autism Awareness Event

    Light it up BLUE! Autism Awareness Month is a time to educate our community about autism and its prevalence in our area. The Family Resource Network will be hosting our first Autism Awareness event on Saturday, April 2nd at the Oneonta Southside Mall-State Hwy 23 Oneonta, NY. We look to celebrate this day by increasing awareness about the importance of early diagnosis and about the many services that are available in our area. The Family Resource Network will be partnering with other local agencies including Springbrook and the Arc Otsego who will be set up in the mall from 11:00AM-4:00PM. By bringing together these resources in our community we hope to give voice to the many families and individuals in our community that need our support. Participating agencies will be set up at tables providing information and handouts about the programs and services they offer. Please check back for updates as additional participating agencies are added to the list!

  • Free Webinar- Housing Options for People with Disabilities in NYS

    Free Webinar- Housing Options for People with Disabilities in NYS

    March 22, 2016
    Start Time: 12:00PM | End Time: 1:00PM
    Contact: Tina Beauparlant Phone: (518) 381-4350

    Please register for Housing Options for People with Disabilities in NYS on Mar 22, 2016 12:00 PM EDT at:
    Please join Parent to Parent of NYS, Tanja Peters/ Housing Coordinator as she presents a webinar on Housing Options for people with Disabilities in NYS. This webinar is designed to give individuals with disabilities and their families a general understanding of what types of housing options are available in NYS and it will explain the differences between certified housing options and non-certified housing options. Ways to purchase a home are also discussed. Please be advised that only the first 100 participants who log on will be able to attend.

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